BORN IN SLO
Being born in San Luis Obispo I grew up like your average boy. Collecting baseball cards and comic books, playing army and dudgeons and dragons, building forts, riding bmx and body boarding the waves of Avila Beach where the water was freezing (didn't own a wetsuit) and the waves always seemed big. Into my early teen years I took an instant interest to skateboarding looking up to to the Future Primitve crew mainly consisting of Lance Mountain and Tony Hawk. I would spend any free time at the local mini ramps, reading Transworld Skateboarding magazine or just street skating in my local town. Never getting rid of my skateboards, but my interest in riding waves came full circle where I now found myself at my local surfing spot of Pismo Beach. After school my friends and I would get dropped off by one of our moms and another mom would always pick us up. On the weekends I would get dropped off and would easily spend all day at the beach with maybe $5 in my pocket and the only rule was I wasn't allowed to me in Pismo after dark because "it was dangerous". My interest into motocross kicked really kicked in when I received my first dirtbike a Yamaha YZ 80 which was purchased from a local racer who had it all suped up.
GABE & AARON LOYD
Meeting Gabe in junior high which led me to meeting his dad Aaron who to this day is the most talented person I have ever met. Aaron had worked for my grandpa at Goss Body Shop doing pin striping and on his own shaping and glassing surfboards, painting, photography, water housing maker and building sculptors. Junior high hits and its where I meet Gabe Loyd one day as he's at school handing out Surfing and Body Boarding Magazine stickers to various kids. Finding out later his dad is a senior photographer for both magazines (and went to high school with my mom). Gabe and I become really good friends starting in junior high well into high school leading to playing remote control cars, Zelda and Mario Brothers and multiple body boarding trips to Pismo and eventually up the coast once he received his license.
PISMO BEACH LOCALS
Now around 17 I found myself taking a photography class which was two periods long where I would bolt to Pismo to take pictures of the best local surfers I could find which included Sean Askins, Walter Cerny, Rick Gannon, Chris Doll and body boarders Simon Mason, Heath Erickson and Jeremy Haughey. Looking back these were some of my favorite years of shooting surfing. I by now have purchased my first camera a Canon t90 and buying a water housing from Aaron along with his Canon 800mm manual focus lens.
WAVE WARRIORS III & JACK MCCOY
Wave Warriors III being my first surfing video I ever watched has forever changed me - the music, big waves, interviews and seeing these cameraman lined up on the shoreline in Hawaii with these huge lenses. Growing up in Pismo nothing seemed bright - foggy, cloudy, cold and always seemed the water was always somewhat more like brown or dark blue. Wave Warriors introduced me to colors I wasn't use to. Surfers such as Matt Archbold, Christian Fletcher, Tom Curren, Mike Stewart and Martin Potter.Jack McCoy his movies had more of a cinematic look and feel to them along with cool music, the whole Billabong team and yes, even the quirky graphics were quite interesting. Sons Of Fun, Sik Joy and In The Wind were my go to videos enjoying watching guys like Chris Brown, Peter King, Ross Williams, Shane Dorian.
I eventually made the move from Pismo Beach and landed in Cardiff By The Sea (home to guys like Rob Machado & Paul Roach) where I was a senior photographer for Body Boarding & Surfing Magazine under the watchful eye of Larry "Flame" Moore and editor Nick Carroll. Trips included Isla Natividad, Cabo San Lucas, Mentawais, Costa Rica, Peru, Tahiti, Puerto Escondido and El Salvador.
transworld surf came into action with editor Joel Patterson and photo editors Steve Sherman and Peter Taras. travels included Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, Portugal, Galapagos, Ireland, Barbados, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Chile, Brazil, Reunion Island working within the WCT tour whith surfers including Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Mick Fanning, Dane Reynolds, Taj Burrow and freesurfers such as Benji Weatherley, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dave Rastovich and so many more.